Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Ministry of Love: The Story of the Sisters of Charity

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Ministry of Love: The Story of the Sisters of Charity

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Ministry of Love: the story of the Sisters of Charity

Author: Danielle Achikian

Publisher: Sisters of Charity of Australia: Bondi Junction, NSW, 2018

ISBN: 9780646991658

Paperback: 163 pages

Ministry of Love is an overview of the works undertaken by Sisters of Charity since arriving in Australia at the end of 1838 and how their ministries grew and broadened over time. Small beginnings from visits of individual Sisters to convicts, the poor and sick, joined with catechetical instruction, were in the twenty-first century to result in enterprises too large for the Sisters to continue in an age of fewer religious.

The Congregation of the Irish Sisters of Charity (made Australian by Polding in 1842) was never defined by one major work: the book contains stories of at least ten different spheres of activity, all underpinned by a vow of service to the poor. In prosperous Australia, the definition of poverty has been widened to include any kind of need, including spiritual and emotional, not just that coming from physical or financial deprivation.

Beginning with a description of the origins of the Congregation in Ireland and a glance at early Australia, Achikian explains religious life to this present age when it is no longer well understood.

The early years of the Sisters' education, health and social services were well documented in M. …

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